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Summer camps to be held for young foreign Estonians once again
18.02.2015

The Integration and Migration Foundation and the NPO HeadEst await applications from youngsters with Estonian roots between the ages of 13 and 18 to take part in the language and culture camps to be held in Estonia this summer.

The camps are designed to enable young people who live in other countries but whose roots are in Estonia to get to know local Estonians their own age, thereby improving their skills in the language. They also have the opportunity to take part in excursions and sports, see some of the country’s sights and learn about its culture.

Epp Adler, the CEO of HeadEst, says the camps are so popular that around one-third of all those who take part each year are the same. “The camps give youngsters living overseas the chance to really dig around in their roots and discover who they are,” she said. “For a lot of them the only Estonia they know is the one they’ve heard about in stories, which is why it’s such an enriching experience for them to get to know the country their parents or grandparents came from first hand.”

This year there will be four camps from June to August. The first will be for young people who speak no Estonian or understand only a little of the language. It will be held at Venevere Holiday Centre in Viljandi County from 12-22 June. 

The second camp will be held from 29 June-9 July and will be for young people who speak Estonian at an upper-intermediate level. It too will be held at Venevere Holiday Centre.

The third camp will also be for young people who speak Estonian at an upper-intermediate level. It will be held at the UusKalda Sports and Recreation Village in Lääne County from 16-26 July. 

The fourth and final camp will be for young people who speak Estonian fluently. It will be held at Venevere Holiday Centre from 3-13 August.

Parents can register their children for the language and culture camps on the website of the Integration Foundation until 25 March. This year it is also possible to apply for travel costs to be partly or fully covered by the foundation.

The foundation will select the applicants to take part based on their Estonian skills, their motivation, how old they are, where they are from, how long they have lived outside of Estonia, whether they have attended camps before and the travel costs involved.

The foundation will inform the selected applicants by e-mail by 10 April.

The language and culture camps are organised for young people with Estonian roots as part of the ‘Countrymen programme 2014-2020’. They are run with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry and Education and Research. The camps have been held with the support of the Integration Foundation every year since 2000. 

For further information please contact:
Marina Fanfora
Integration and Migration Foundation
Coordinator, Implementation Centre
Telephone: +372 659 9068
E-mail: marina.fanfora@meis.ee